AUSF3: UTE: Symmons Plains preview

Call for Tasmania'S Ute best to challenge the rest at PROCAR Symmons Plains round two. TASMANIA'S ute enthusiasts have been challenged to bring out their best vehicles for a major event at Symmons Plains motor racing circuit next weekend. A...

Call for Tasmania'S Ute best to challenge the rest at PROCAR Symmons Plains round two.

TASMANIA'S ute enthusiasts have been challenged to bring out their best vehicles for a major event at Symmons Plains motor racing circuit next weekend.

A Ute Muster featuring display competitions in seven categories will be a highlight of the PROCAR Champ Series meeting on Sunday, which will include round two of the Poolrite V8 Brutes Series, an Australia-wide racing championship for Ford Falcon and Holden utes.

"We want to see Tasmania's best utes out in force on Sunday," said John Cowley, Deputy Executive Chairman of event organiser PROCAR Australia.

"Last year Tasmanians set the pace for the rest of Australia. They turned up with around 400 utes, a fantastic display of all types and models, from classic Holden FJs, to the roughest farm utes to the latest V8s.

"This is the second time we've brought the whole ute show to Tasmania and we're keen to see local enthusiasts answer the challenge to show the best road utes in Australia."

Utes and their drivers will be admitted free to the track with a paying adult passenger. All utes will be displayed in a special reserved compound with a good view of the racing action.

Entry to the Ute Muster categories is free - and optional - and the winners will receive trophies. Categories include Best Ford, Best Holden and Best Overall ute.

Entry can be made at the track on Sunday, or by completing the official entry form at www.v8brutes.com.au.

The Poolrite V8 BRutes Series races will be a spectacular feature of the three-day PROCAR program.

Also on the bill will be the Donut King Australian Nations Cup, featuring the Meguiar's Drivers Championship, the Strathfield Australian GT Performance Championship, the Siemens Mobile Australian Production Car Championship, the Australian Formula 3 Championship and the Falken Tyres Mirage Cup.

The Nations Cup promises a feast of big names and racing legends.

Nine-time Bathurst winner will make his return to regular racing, but even his new 7.0 Holden Monaro wll not guarantee a visit to the winner's podium.

He wll face three of Tasmania's - and Australia's - most successful drivers, Devonport-born John Bowe in a Ferrari, Hobart's Paul Stokell in a Lamborghini and Launceston's Greg Crick in a Chrysler Viper.

The PROCAR Champ Series round starts with official practice at Symmons Plains on Friday, but tomorrow afternoon some of the drivers and cars will make an appearance in the centre of Launceston.

From 4.20 pm, race cars will parade about three kilometres from the Southern Outway in Howick Street, Charles Street and then the Mall for a spectacular preview of the PROCAR weekend.

Drivers will stay in the Mall with their cars until 6 pm, signing autographs, meeting fans and helping with ticket giveaways.

Autographs also will be available with drivers from all categories during three sessions at the track on Sunday.

Fans are invited to the official after-party, attended by teams, drivers and officials, at the Saloon Bar, 191 Charles Street, Launceston, from 7 pm on Sunday.

SPEED READ

* Saturday & Sunday, 26-27 April (Official practice Friday 25 April).

* Categories - Donut King Nations Cup (Rd 2) supported by Meguiar's, Strathfield GT Performance (Rd 2), Siemens Mobile Australian Production Cars (Rd 2), Poolrite V8 BRutes (Rd 2) supported by Philmac, Formula 3 (Rd 2), Falken Tyres Mitsubishi Mirages (Rd 1).

* Saturday (From 9 am) - Qualifying, Mirage race.

* Sunday (From 9 am) - 15 races, all categories. Ute Muster display and competition for road utes. Driver autograph sessions at 11.15 am,12 midday and 1.30 pm.

* Tickets - On sale at all Autobarn stores in Tasmania or at the track. Adults $15 (Saturday), $25 (Sunday). Children $10 (Saturday and Sunday). Ute drivers enter free with paying adult passenger. Free entry to Paddock and autograph sessions.

* Information - Motorsports Tasmania (03) 6231 3536, or www.procar.com.au.

-procar.au-

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Series Supercars , F3
Drivers John Bowe , Greg Crick , Paul Stokell
Tags AUSUTE